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    Default Spring management

    What are your spring management practices for mites and diseases ?

    What works for you

    Don't be shy : ) you can PM me if you want .

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    Ben

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    Default Re: Spring management

    I don't medicate just because it might help. I need to see a problem first. I have seen studies that say fumidil is counter productive and I live in dry country and just don't use it. I don't use antibiotics, I have a fire. As soon as I can pull frames I am going to do a sugar roll to see where I stand with varroa distructor. That name should tell everyone why we want to KNOW what our mite levels are. If I have a mite problem, I plan to treat with EO's. I feed them emulsified in syrup for one brood cycle starting as soon as I get days warm enough now to pull frames and take some nurse bees to test. Longer feeding is messing unneccessarily with their gut bacteria and colony odor. I use a recipe cribbed from fatbeeman podcast one or two that were recorded by Craig at somdbeekeeper.com They are also on youtube I believe.

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    Default Re: Spring management

    Ben, how do you measure your disease pressures ?
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
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    Default Re: Spring management

    I am in the learning process of how to detect for most common problems , but i currently do mite drop counts for varroa and i look for signs of Deformed wings and bees unable to fly outside the hives . But i don't look at bees under a microscope to determine what they have like tracheal mites etc .
    My bees were healthy last year and i still have some hives alive , but i haven't been able to open them up and fully examine them. It's too cold still.

    I am still new at this , i just thought there was a common practice everyone does , because there seems to be a lot of options on how to keep Bees healthy .

    Ben

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    Default Re: Spring management

    well first off my advice would be to adopt some sort of measurement system to help identify disease issues that need attention. That way you can act on the problems, and not worry if there is no problem. Contact your local government bee department on methods and advice on your areas diseases, sampling techniques and thresholds.

    I use mite washes to measure my spring and fall mite populations. I dont yet analyse my own nosema samples, I get my lab to do that
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
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    Default Re: Spring management

    Yes i agree i need more skills on recognizing diseases . I am currently enrolled in an Agriculture College for Beekeeping put on by the Nova Scotia Beekeepers Association , but it is only 4 modules 2 days each and spaced out throughout the year , so it doesn't really help me with spring (maybe next spring) , so that's why i'm trying to find out some different ideas on how to keep bees healthy. But i do agree to check first and treat after, if needed .

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    Ben L
    Last edited by Ben Little; 03-26-2013 at 04:56 AM. Reason: spelling : )

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    Default Re: Spring management

    and more so towards your question,

    early in the season when the hive has little brood, an oxalic treatment works wonders.
    soon after I put my hives out I will start my Apivar treatment. In three weeks I will remove the strips, scrape them down and re adjust.
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
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    Default Re: Spring management

    Do you reverse you hive bodies at that time as well ?
    Ben Little <The Little Bee Farm> https://www.facebook.com/TheLittleBeeFarm
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    Default Re: Spring management

    >What are your spring management practices for mites and diseases ?

    Mites and diseases:
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesfoursimplesteps.htm

    Spring management:
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesspring.htm
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Spring management

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Bush View Post
    >What are your spring management practices for mites and diseases ?

    Mites and diseases:
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesfoursimplesteps.htm

    Spring management:
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesspring.htm
    This is my first wintering of my hives , so i have none yet : )
    thanks for the links.

    Ben
    Ben Little <The Little Bee Farm> https://www.facebook.com/TheLittleBeeFarm
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    Default Re: Spring management

    Vance ?? what would be your Essential oil to syrup ratio? I use Tea Tree Oil but have only done it with sugar patties but I would think tat the syrup would be a better method to ensure distribution.

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Spring management

    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Wildlife View Post
    Vance ?? what would be your Essential oil to syrup ratio? I use Tea Tree Oil but have only done it with sugar patties but I would think tat the syrup would be a better method to ensure distribution.

    Thanks
    I use Fat Bee Mans measure of 1/2 tsp tea tree oil/ Gallon of 2:1 sugar syrup. It is supposed to help with preventing Nosema i guess

    Ben
    Ben Little <The Little Bee Farm> https://www.facebook.com/TheLittleBeeFarm
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    Default Re: Spring management

    You would have to go to the podcasts to find it for yourself. I may have to as I rotate treatments and I haven't looked back to find it. You can just as easily and you will benefit from listening to the rest. Podcast 2 I believe.
    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Wildlife View Post
    Vance ?? what would be your Essential oil to syrup ratio? I use Tea Tree Oil but have only done it with sugar patties but I would think tat the syrup would be a better method to ensure distribution.

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Spring management

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Little View Post
    Do you reverse you hive bodies at that time as well ?
    sometimes, but only if I feel they need space later in June
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
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